Certified Regional DIVERSITY Leader Program

It is crucial that victims of all ages, racial groups, gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultures have access to in-depth, trauma-informed services.  Unfortunately, research shows that is not the common outcome.  With mental constructs preventing marginalized communities from accessing the same care and treatment as their counterparts, it is no surprise that stereotypes prevent underserved populations from asking for help from their community.  These barriers, in addition to many more, prevent providers from reaching those who are most vulnerable in their communities.  

Increased understanding of the dynamics of victimization and how they relate to a victim's social and cultural background means that providers must be vigilant in overcoming biases and keeping up-to-date with new information.  To provide a sustainable approach to increasing cultural awareness, DIVERSITY will offer a comprehensive training opportunity to become a certified Regional DIVERSITY Leader.  This program is FREE OF CHARGE as are all training events outlined below.   


Certification Responsibilities of Participants

All participants are encouraged to complete the certification requirements for the Regional DIVERSITY Leader Program.  The requirements include full participation in the training sessions focused on each of the three underserved populations and an original presentation to professionals, parents, or local organization in one of these seven regions.  

  1. North Coast
  2. North East
  3. Greater Bay Area
  4. Sierra/Sacramento
  5. Central
  6. Central Coast
  7. Far Southern
DIVERSITY Leaders will...
1. Attend the Following:
One-Day Statewide Conference August 2018


One-Day Skill Building Training: Immigration September 2018*


One-Day Skill Building Training: People of Color October 2018*


One-Day Skill Building Training: Limited English Proficiency November 2018*


One-Day Regional Training February - May 2019


*Tentative dates

2.  Present Locally

DIVERSITY Leaders must present a session on one or all of the focus areas within your organization or to local partners and/or the community.  Complimentary coaching by our Subject Matter Experts will be provided during the months of June to September 2018

3. Submit Curriculum

DIVERSITY Leaders must submit the following to be reviewed by our Subject Matter Field Experts*:

  • PowerPoint, agenda, handouts
  • Sign-in sheets
  • Evaluations (sample template will be provided)

*The DIVERSITY Project reviews curriculum as part of the Leader process solely to provide feedback, support and guidance. We will not take or use your curriculum.


Applicant Review Procedure

The Serving California's Diversity Training Project will review and consider each completed application based on the review criteria below, and space availability.

Review Criteria

Applicant's Title and Position:
Description of the applicant's current position and role in training activities within your discipline.  

Education/Professional Certification:
The applicant's educational background, including credit hours in your service area and any related certificates.  

Past Professional Experience:
The quality and relevance of the applicant's professional experiences, with a focus on training activities the applicant has planned and conducted.

Interest and Intent to Provide Training:
Why the applicant wishes to participate; what the applicant hopes to learn from the training; how the applicant plans to utilize the training experience in the future; and what types of training experiences the applicant plans to conduct.  Emphasis will be placed on applicant's capacity to conduct future trainings.  

NOTE: A significant part of the review process includes consideration of geographic diversity.*

*The Serving California's Diversity Training Project does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, or sexual orientation. 


When to Submit Your Application

Online applications must be submitted by August 31, 2018.  In order to be considered, applicants must have attended the statewide conference in August. 

Click on the button below to apply to become a certified Regional DIVERSITY Leader!


Notification of Application Status

Once your application is received, The Serving California's Diversity Training Project will send you an e-mail acknowledging the receipt of your application.  Applicants will be notified of their status via e-mail prior to the first one-day skill building training in September 2018.  Applicants accepted for the Regional DIVERSITY Leader program will receive an e-mail enrollment notification.  Qualified applicants who are waitlisted will be provided with an update if a vacancy becomes available.  

Those who successfully meet the requirements will be provided with a certificate to certify them as a Regional DIVERSITY Leader.  DIVERSITY Leaders will also be featured on the project website as resources for professionals across the state. 

Those participating in the Regional DIVERSITY Leader program will be given priority for travel scholarships to attend training events.

For questions about the application procedure, the status of your application, or if you did not receive written correspondence, please contact Joshua Thomas (Project Coordinator) at joshua.thomas@cirinc.org.

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